There has been a lot that life has thrown at Jurnee of Minot, but she never lets her medical issues get her down. She is a joy to be around and enjoys cooking, drawing and doing science experiments that she finds on YouTube.
In December of 2016, a week after Jurnee turned 10, a germinoma tumor was found. This is a type of tumor that infants are born with, but are often not found until they begin to grow later in life, usually between the ages of ten and 19. For the next seven months, her family lived in Minneapolis where Jurnee received four rounds of chemo and 20 rounds of radiation. She was not allowed to come home the during the duration of treatment. Her treatment is now complete, but she will continue to have MRIs annually.
Because Jurnee’s tumor grew up through her pituitary gland and crushed her optic nerve, she has many resulting medical issues. Her body cannot make any hormones on its own, so she will need hormone shots daily for the rest of her life. She also has several endocrine issues and a life-threatening condition known as adrenal insufficiency.
The most challenging issue created by the tumor is that Jurnee is now vision impaired. She uses a cane and is learning Braille, just in case her remaining vision fails. She goes go Grand Forks three to four times per school year to work on low-vision skills.
Jurnee has her own Facebook page called “Healing for Jurnee” that she keeps updated with how she’s doing and her life after cancer.